Lewis & Clark College

Lewis & Clark College is a private, independent, liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon, United States. It was founded as the Albany Collegiate Institute in 1867 in the town of Albany, 65 miles south of Portland by Willamette Valley Presbyterian pioneers, and relocated to Portland in 1938. The College has been coeducational since the first class, which graduated in 1873.

In 1942 the College trustees acquired the Lloyd Frank (of the historic Portland department store Meier & Frank) “Fir Acres” estate in Southwest Portland, and adopted the name Lewis & Clark College as a “symbol of the pioneering spirit that had made and maintained the College.” Today, the three schools of the College and their supporting offices occupy a campus of 137 acres (554,000 m²), centered on the Frank estate on Palatine Hill in the Collins View neighborhood of Southwest Portland.


The college was founded as the Albany Academy in Albany, Oregon, with incorporation in 1858. In 1866, the school name was changed to Albany Collegiate Institution, and the next year the Presbyterian church founded Albany College. The early school’s campus of seven acres in Albany was situated on land donated by the Monteith family. In 1892, the original school building was enlarged, and in 1925 the school re-located south of Albany where it remained until 1937. A junior college was established in 1934 in Portland, with the entire school moving to Portland in 1939. In 1942, the school name was changed to Lewis & Clark College and the current campus was purchased. The original school mascots, the Pirates, was changed to the Pioneers in 1946.


The three schools of the College include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Law School, and the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

CAS departments include Art, East Asian Studies, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures (French, Chinese, German, Greek, Spanish, Latin, Russian, and Japanese), History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science & Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Physics, Communication, Economics, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Academic English Studies.

Lewis & Clark has nationally-regarded programs in Biology, International Affairs, Psychology and Environmental Studies, and several Political Science students have recently received prestigious awards in that field. A surprising number of classical musicians have emerged from the college, considering its size, and several music areas are returning to a prominence the music department once enjoyed, most notably the piano performance area. The college has held two worldwide symphonic festivals in the past five years with professional-level performances in Dublin and the Greek islands.


Lewis & Clark is ranked 80th in the list of best liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 rankings.

Campus Life


All students are required to live on campus for the first two years. Residence complexes include SOA (Stewart-Odell-Akin), Forest, Hartzfeld, Platt-Howard, and Copeland. Residence halls open to all students are Stewart, Odell, Akin, Copeland, Platt West, Platt East, Howard, and the Forest Buildings (Ponderosa, Spruce, Juniper (women only), Manzanita, and Alder. Several of the student residence halls have themes. Stewart is "Substance Free/Wellness", providing a home for those who wish to live in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Akin is known as the "Multicultural Dorm", hosting a handful students from outside of the United States as well as many U.S. students interested in international cultures. Platt-Howard, home of the Platteau student-run arts center, hosts the "Visual and Performing Arts" (or VAPA) and "Outdoor Pursuits Floor". Hartzfeld is an extended quiet-hours community; it requires sophomore standing or higher to live in. East Hall, Roberts Hall and West Hall are a series of on-campus apartments completed in 2003 and require junior class standing or higher to live in.


The college operates shuttle buses between campus and downtown Portland. The most notable of these shuttles travels between the college and Pioneer Square (called the Pio Express, or colloquially The Raz). TriMet line 39 also operates between the college and the Burlingame transit center, where students can transfer to buses to downtown Portland.

First year students are not permitted to have cars on campus, though sophomores, juniors and seniors are allowed to pay for a parking permit. Different permits exist for residential, commuting, and carpool students. Parking spaces are at a premium on this residential campus, leading to expensive semester or year-long permits.

Notable faculty, staff, and trustees

Notable alumni



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